May 14th, 2010
09:38 PM ET

Medvedev: Brazilian visit could be last chance for Tehran

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's visit to Iran this weekend could be the last opportunity to reach an agreement with Tehran and to avoid U.N. Security Council sanctions, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday.

"Given that my friend President Lula is an optimist, I will also be an optimist, and estimate it [the probability of his successful mission to Tehran] at 30 percent," Medvedev said with a chuckle. He spoke in a televised joint press conference with Lula after Russian-Brazilian talks in Moscow.

"I am very much counting on the mission of the Brazilian president to be successful," he added, switching to a serious tone.

"This could be the last chance before the U.N. Security Council makes the already known decisions," Medvedev said, referring to the U.N. decision on imposing sanctions against Iran.

"Yesterday, we discussed this issue on the phone with the United States president, bearing in mind that we need a consolidated position on this issue. And I said that, in my opinion, it is necessary to give the Brazilian president an opportunity to use the entire set of arguments that the international community has at the moment, to persuade Iran to begin cooperating," Medvedev said.

"If there are no changes [in the Iranian position], if attempts to persuade Iran in favor of relevant forms of cooperation fail, then the international community will be compelled to act according to the approaches that are also being discussed by the sextet. I would not like the situation to develop that way. Nevertheless, I can't exclude it."

The sextet refers to the six nations that have been dealing with the Iran nuclear issue - China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Brazilian president, for his part, said: "I am going there realizing that the dialogue that will take place is vital and I will try to use all my power of persuasion in this dialogue," according to the translation on the Kremlin website. "I will try to do my best to arrive at some sort of an agreement. I am flying to Iran convinced that we will find it."

The Brazilian president said that it is his goal to persuade his counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to cooperate with the international community.

"With every day bringing the talks in Iran closer, I am becoming a greater optimist," Lula said. "I was an optimist yesterday, and I am much more of an optimist today. And probably I will be an even greater optimist after meeting President Ahmadinejad."

Medvedev noted that currently there are few differences among the sextet of mediators on the Iranian nuclear problem, calling their approach a "consolidated" one.

"The general approaches are invariable, and virtually all countries adhere to them," he said.

"Firstly, Iran's nuclear program must be peaceful. Secondly, it should be controlled by the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency]. Thirdly, Iran must cooperate with the international community and the IAEA, and in the fourth place, Iran must observe the rules concerning the non-proliferation of nuclear technologies," Medvedev said.

The Russian and U.S. presidents discussed various bilateral and international issues in a phone call on Thursday that lasted for more than an hour and a half, according to the Kremlin press office. Medvedev and President Barack Obama discussed Iran's nuclear problem in detail, it said.

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  1. Gabriel

    Just a reminder, LULA has placed Brazil in a very oustanding position. It now makes part of the G-20 nations... the richest nations in the Planet, and the Brazilian people contributed to this by working only. this is peace. think about it!

    May 15, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scott

    It's funny all you guys that defend Iran. Iran cares nothing for anything but Iran. It will do what ever it feels it needs to do to get to where it wants to be. Where it wants to be is in a world it controls with no Jews, Christians, Hindu, or Buddhist. A world ruled by their brand of Islam. Any of you can say what you want but this is the truth. Iran is the Nazi Germany of the Middle East. Either way Europe and the US are the ones that screwed up after WWII by giving Israel land in the Middle East. We should have broken off a part of Germany and made it "New Israel" instead. We set ourselves up for everything that's happening now then.

    May 15, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. End of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    Cam spmeone please send a sniper in to end my ranting and raving , Ive smoked too much drugs from Afghanistan and now I think I can rule the world from my tiny little country.... If you dont stop picking on me , Ill send my tiny little navy speedboats to crush your American Navy

    May 15, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Brent23

    iran is enriching their uraium to 20% . They will most likly enrich it further. You only need 5-6% enrichment for nuclear power so who is kidding who. Yes, they have a right to defend themsefves and so does the rest of the world.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ray

    I believe iran should quite the NPT and continue to do its nuclear research.
    Israel has it with all sorts of evil weapons they used against the palestine, where is this so called UN? and those asking iran not to have nuclear bombs when they themselves have it in abundance, and some of them have used it against fellow humans.
    To my opinion they should all have and start fighting with it, this may force GOD to change his mind and destroy all those evil humans on earth, then we will all live in peace.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jack

    Isreal would not give up a piece of sand in Gaza, and West Bank. Why would Iran give up their weapons? Pls leave Buddhist out of this Middle East's messes. I'm a Buddhist, we have been living harmony with Muslims for centuries and on i.e. in Cambodia. The West never treated anyone fairly since they got their power and moneys.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. damian

    This is animal farm. Horrible atrocities were committed against the jewish people because of their real or perceived differences and the inability of people to accept each other, to live and let live. The Jewish people have now turned the tables, oppressing, stealing from and killing another group of people. This is just more proof that we as humans can never be peaceful. We are nothing but animals, albeit animals who are sometimes too smart for our own good. I'm ashamed that my government is supporting a new (old) oppression by sending massive aid through advanced armaments that are then turned against people who are simply trying to do what the rest of us are- make a living. I don't buy the arguments that our government tries to shove down our throat that the Islamic people are insane and simply want the other group dead for no reason whatsoever. If you came to my country and kicked my family out of our home, stole my ability to make a living and basically threatened the continuation of our existence, I guarantee that I would want you dead too. This land was stolen from the people who lived there at the end of WW2, no matter how far back we go in history with semantics about who was there first. These people had no challenge to their rightful ownership of this land at the end of WW2 until the unfortunate Jewish refugees were placed there. No matter how oppressed these people were or what had happened to them, turning around and doing the same to another group does not make anything better! Who are the nutcases that thought this brilliant gimmick up?!

    May 15, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. gent

    There is nothing new under Moon... World dominance through oil control – this is true reason for the next world war. Iran is only casus belli. This war already started. Do you really think you live in "free world"? No! We are all manipulated as children. The truth is we live under dictatorship of lie provided by mass media. Think and answer to yourself.

    Want or do not, but, acidently, most of us will be dead soon... and no way to stop this...

    May 15, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. gatorpaw

    The only thing Russia and Brazil are doing in Iran, is talking about speeding up nuclear warhead production.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. bimbo

    Am sorry for those people or group that surport iran to have nuclear power.yes it is true some clean and advanced civilized countries have nuclear bomb but they cherished the life of every single soul so they will never use it in a dangerous way.but if you allow iranaian so called talaban govt to have bomb no one is safe on this earth because they believe killing innocent soul is good in name of God.please let us always remember how sadam husein used this nuclear bomb to kill many and sicken million of people till today.i am pleading to the entire civilised/advanced /developed country in the word to work together and stop iran otherwise u wake up one day and noticed that your country is under attack with with nuclear bomb.please do not give this guy any small chance to get this weapon.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. David Bagg

    To call a country with a nuclear programme a stone age society is quite puerile; it may have stone age elements – but uses the same punishments as Saudi Arabia and parts of Indonesia – but we should take this threat seriously. At the same time, Medvedev is right to call for one last attempt at diplomacy before we launch another costly war; Iran should be able to use nuclear power (if only to drag it out of its stone age state), while not proliferating nuclear missiles. As sanctions weigh in, Iran will have to back down as the people will rise up, as they so nearly did on the occassion of the last election. Outright war has to be our last option; while sanctions and diplomacy remain yet fully unexplored, we cannot go to war there, and we should certainly not use any nuclear bombs.

    May 15, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. John from Europe

    The real threat to world peace are the US and Israel, trying to demonize Iran with all costs. US and ISrael doesnt want peace, otherwhise why have they rejected the 10+ times Ahmadinejad have reached out his hand for diplomacy talks?

    May 15, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Richard

    I believe that all people who follow the current political scene between Iran and the rest of the world are concerned. This story may take us many ways, be they good or bad. One thing is certain. One can not condemn anyone without first trial there, just! And to have a trial, fair! There must be research, fair! Without fraud or lies. We can not be influenced by evil, about to commit the same mistakes in Iraq, when they said that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, and at 2003-03-20 U.S., UK and many other nations in an alliance called Coalition invaded Iraq and how hungry dogs tore hundreds and hundreds of innocents. They killed Saddam Hussein, and even today there is peace in that country. Even when these kinds of atrocities will continue. Remember that the Presidents and Generals of the century command of their luxurious offices, via telephone, radio, internet, etc ... And who is leading the battle, subject to death are our children, in favor of that? Honor? Why is honor to whom honor the dead? Think very carefully before supporting any insanity. We should not give rise to evil. The justice of man is flawed, but the righteousness of God is sure, and soon reveals itself.
    Reflect ...

    May 15, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jack

    Please be advised, Sadam Husein died " IRAQ STILL HAS NO PEACE" people around the world know that. Million of people around the world died when the West feel insecured or threaten. However, the West turn blind eyes for the Palestinian people.

    May 15, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. John from Europe

    Since the power stems from the US, I call US population to question your leaders intent, we cant afford another war on lies.

    May 15, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
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